Bathroom’s Future Is Powered By Apps
There’s An App For That
Last week’s internet outages really drove home the point that our lives now revolve around the web and connected digital devices. The server attacks that temporarily disrupted PayPal, Twitter, Amazon, and dozens of other high-profile sites were caused by a variety of what we now consider household items: web cams, apps that control garage door openers, t.v. remotes, WiFi routers, and more.
When we talk about high-tech bathrooms, we’re likely referring to digitally controlled (though not always through the internet) devices that control temperature, entertainment, lighting, and even toilet adjustments. Even old concepts like problematic steam baths are increasingly affordable, dependable, and highly enjoyable.
Self-cleaning toilets are already available, usually paired with self-closing seats and lids, night lights, and a seat warming fan. These aren’t cheap by any means. Expect to pay at least $4,000 and up, depending on manufacturer, make, and model. (Toto’s top-of-the-line NeoRest 750H retails for around $10,000.)
Making The Most Out Of Bath Time
Our baths, showers, and toilets are now available with a wide-ranging variety of options and accessories, all designed to render our time in the bath more relaxing and enjoyable. Enjoy singing in the shower? Kohler has a showerhead that will play your favorite tunes, even if the rest of the house is begging you to stop. And Toto, along with other top-of-the-line brands, has long offered an electronic toilet that users say has to be experienced to be believed.
For pure technical infrastructure, kitchens will continue to maintain a lead over bathrooms, simply because refrigerators, ovens, and stoves offer more and more opportunities for digital adaptation. But bath time, given the combination of today’s amazing range of design materials and finishes, combined with innovative entertainment and function options, is set to become a spa experience that transcends basic functionality.